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Immunity support to help fight off the nasties
It is good to know that you now get a great quality extra strength supplement support at your local supermarket at reasonable prices.
The Red Seal High Strength range is just a little different from the average supplements in the supermarket, with:
- Easy to swallow capsules
- Most in veggie caps and suitable for vegans
- All high quality
- Higher doses; for when you need it the most
- A reassurance that they are New Zealand made
- Most are One-a-day doses
Immune Defence -High Strength Immune Defence
The most complex system in the body is the immune system. It is constantly working to protect us from invaders day and night. With our busy lives, we are constantly surrounded by pathogens that test us. The immune system is only something we become aware of when there are chills and ills in the body, feeling tired, a scratchy throat and blocked nose, or a feeling of a full scale war in our body. Traditionally herbs such as Echinacea, Garlic, Pau d’Arco, Elderberry and Andrographis have been used to help support the immune system for the upper respiratory tract. Immune Defence also combines Vitamin C, bioflavonoids and Zinc to enhance the herbal synergistic actions and further support the immune defences and recovery from those winter threats.
Multiple Good Guys -High Strength Probiotic 50 billion
Not all bacteria are bad! Some bacteria are there to help protect us, and they live inside us. They boost our immune system, protect against disease and aid in the digestion of food. When antibiotics, stress, or infection create imbalance by killing off the healthy bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract, then it is more likely that harmful bacteria may overwhelm our system. This can lead to poor overall health and a variety of developing health issues. What are these good guys? Probiotics!
High Strength Probiotic 50 billion capsules are a high dose multi strain of eleven probiotics especially selected to be able to move through the high pH of the stomach and continue to the digestive tract, and other areas such as the vagina and urinary tract. Thus helping to repopulate and colonize healthy bacteria in the right areas. Many people notice that when the digestive system is working better, their sense of wellbeing and mood also improves.
Being shelf stable,High Strength Probiotic 50 billion is ideal if you are home or travelling as there is no need to refrigerate them. Ensure you are back to health by including a multi strain Probiotic daily.
Be Complex –High Strength Vitamin B
If you are feeling run down and fatigued B complex may be what you need. B vitamins have a number of different functions in the body. B’s are responsible for many aspects that contribute to our well-being; including energy conversion, cognitive function, mood, healthy hair, skin and nails, detoxification, cholesterol balance, digestion, hormonal, nervous and reproductive systems.
Being deficient in some B vitamins such as B12, or Folic acid can lead to some critical health conditions that can make you feel tired and worn out. Different types of vitamin B all come from various types of foods. Most are water-soluble and it is critical that we replenish our daily intake. B vitamins work as a family and are synergistic so best taken together as a group. Large doses of any one single B may have no therapeutic value, or worse, cause a deficiency in another B vitamin. It is recommended that B vitamins are taken in a “complex” form, or if a single B vitamin is taken for a boost, that it is accompanied by a B complex or multi vitamin supplement.
Certain health conditions can result in a poor absorption of B vitamins, a poor diet with a high intake of processed foods, sugar and alcohol will mean the body will have a greater need for B Vitamins. Taking oral contraceptives, antibiotics, and sleeping pills also increases the body’s demands of B vitamins. Certain population groups, such as older adults and pregnant women, need larger amounts of some types of vitamin B.
Supplementary to a balanced diet. Always read the label. Take only as directed.
Endeavour Consumer Health, Auckland.
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Let your love flow
Not sleeping at night? Weight not coming off? Digestion a bit off? Take minerals and vitamins to nourish your body and soul.
Managing your weight and achieving balance is not always as simple as going on a diet and increasing your exercise. Your body may require some additional support before it will respond to traditional solutions. Red Seal has a range ofHigh Strength supplements that have a strong enough dose to really make a difference. The following are some key areas where you can support your diet and exercise plan.
1- Take care of your gut
We’ve all heard the saying, “listen to your gut”. And while that advice often refers to our intuition, it could also be about our digestion. Your gut guides your overall well-being. Quite literally, your gut is the epicenter of your mental and physical health. Yet it’s all too common to experience lots of digestive issues that make a huge impact on our strength and vitality. If you want better immunity, efficient digestion, improved clarity and balance, focus on rebuilding your gut health. Red Seal offers a 50 Billion Probiotic as part of its High Strength range, ideal for when you need to kick start your health programme.
2- Cut down on stress.
In addition to practicing breathing right down into your gut, taking a Vitamin B Complex will support your nervous system, energy levels and mental clarity. Just sit down and relax. No stress, no worries!
3- Show your liver a little love.
Your liver is responsible for how you process substances and it has to detoxify material to ensure your “engine” is running well. Reducing alcohol consumption and adding Red Seal Milk Thistle to your regime is a great way to help tune up the liver by promoting bile flow.
4- Don’t let symptoms go on too long.
If you have tried everything and after a few weeks you are still feeling out of balance, and the weight isn’t moving, consult a health professional.
5- Take it easy on yourself.
The world won’t cave in if you slip up and eat something with sugar in it or if you have an extra glass of wine with dinner. Good nutrition is all about balance. Cut yourself some slack if you do deviate from your resolve to make your diet healthier and get back on track as soon as you can. Tomorrow is another day.
6- Get some sleep
So easy to say and so hard to do. At times sleep can be elusive and lack of sleep puts stress on your body. Red Seal Deep Sleep with Magnesium supports a complete, deep sleep, helps relax and relieve tension and tightness, promotes a calm mind and helps ease worry, tension and stress.
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Even when we eat a balanced diet, sleep well and stay active, the stresses of modern life sometimes leave us feeling depleted. But there’s help at hand. Here are some simple, safe and proven ways to help restore your vitality.
HYDRATION IS KEY
It sounds so simple, but often the reason we’re burned out is because we’re too busy to drink enough water. Headaches, tiredness, cramps, racing heart and loss of skin elasticity are all signs of dehydration. Summer days mean you need to up your H20 intake. Listen to your body. Feeling thirsty and a dry mouth or throat are sure signs that you need to replenish your water supply. Some studies suggest that even mild dehydration can slow your metabolism and sap your energy.
FIND WATER UNAPPEALING?
A great way to increase your consumption is with delicious herbal teas. Try them iced this Spring and coming Summer. Red Seal’s new fruit teas are a great way to add flavour to water without adding any calories. Enjoy them as a traditional hot tea or brew them cold. Just steep for three to five minutes in tap water, then add ice. Throw in some fruit garnish for extra zing – sliced strawberries, lemons or limes are ideal. Keep a jug of fresh fruit tea in your fridge and you’ll be less tempted to reach for sweetened juices, fizzy or energy drinks. Try Red Seal Hot & Cold Brew in Strawberry & Rhubarb, Peach & Pineapple, Apple & Elderflower, Lemon & Ginger, Blood Orange or Exotic Fruits for a calorie-free treat that hydrates your body deliciously.
DO YOU NEED A SUPPLEMENT?
If you feel constantly tired, it’s worth considering your intake of B vitamins and iron as these are key to energy levels. (If you’re seriously concerned about your lack of energy, you should see your doctor.) Vitamin supplements such as Red Seal Vitamin B Complex are a good way to kick-start the engine. Women in particular can suffer from lack of energy due to low iron levels. A simple blood test can determine whether you have an iron deficiency. If you don’t fancy red meat or mountains of spinach, Red Seal Floradix is a natural iron tonic with all the co-factors needed to ensure it is absorbed for maximum effectiveness.
DEAL WITH DIGESTION
Eliminating the rubbish and having “clean insides” is also critical for energy and vitality. Good health starts in the gut. As Christmas approaches we often overdo the treats, resulting in a slow digestive system. A diet high in fibre and rich in fruits and vegetables is the best way to get your digestive system back on track.
By Julie Fergusson, Red Seal Naturopath
Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
Credit: Life & Leisure
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